United Way of Chattanooga

Golf United May 10
April 28th, 2016 8:46 AM

Charity Tournament held at Windstone Golf Course

 Golf United 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 
Windstone Golf Course 

Golf United

1 p.m. Shotgun 
4-person select shot 
Registration begins at 11 a.m. 

$600 Team Entry Fee

Includes: golf fees for a four-person team, cart, lunch, tee favors, and 2 mulligans per player (or 8 per team)

GOLF UNITED! Team Entry 

To enter, please complete the information below and mail a check for $600.00, made out to United Way for Walker, Catoosa & Dade Counties to the address listed here:

United Way | P.O. Box 4027 | Chatt., TN 37405-4027
Attn: Justin Whitaker

Call Mona Geer at 423.752.0325 
  to pay by credit card. 

TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIPS are also being sought. If you are interested in a sponsorship of this tournament, please call Justin Whitaker at 423-752-0300 or email Justin Whitaker at JustinWhitaker@uwchatt.org

  • $1,500 Gold Tournament Sponsor: includes company logo on all marketing materials, two 4-person teams, hole sponsorship, golf fee, tee favors, cart, lunch, Team Photos and 2 mulligans per person
  • $1,000 Silver Tournament Sponsor: includes company logo on all marketing materials, one 4-person team, hole sponsorship, golf fee, tee favors, cart, lunch, and 2 mulligans per person
  • $150 Hole Sponsorship: company sign displayed on tee box during tournament.


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Countdown to Kindergarten Kicks Off
April 14th, 2016 10:08 AM


Program registration begins April 1
Kick-off Celebration – April 16, Noon to 4 p.m.

They may not know their numbers quite yet, but preschoolers across Chattanooga will soon be counting down the days to start kindergarten as members of Creative Discovery Museum’s Countdown to Kindergarten program.

The Program
Countdown to Kindergarten provides Chattanooga area parents and caregivers of young children information and resources needed for their child to be better prepared to start Kindergarten. All children enrolling in an area kindergarten are eligible to join this FREE club. Funding for the program was made possible through support from United Way of Greater Chattanooga and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

“Children who enter kindergarten with the emotional, social, physical and intellectual skills needed to be ready for school are more likely to be successful during all of their school years,” said Jayne Griffin, Director of Education at Creative Discovery Museum. “Creative Discovery Museum is proud to partner with other community organizations that support parents and children as they prepare for this meaningful milestone.”

According to a recent national study, only 50 percent of children who start kindergarten are prepared with the skills needed to succeed. In response, the Museum will seek to enroll more than 2,000 children to help fulfill its vision of making Chattanooga the best place for a child to grow up.

Rising kindergarteners can enroll starting April 1 at various locations including Creative Discovery Museum, all four branches of the Chattanooga Public Library and at multiple community events throughout the spring. Children entering a Hamilton County Kindergarten fall 2016 can also sign-up at their new school during Hamilton County School’s registration day on April 6.

All Countdown Kids will receive a book full of tips to help prepare them and their parents prepare for Kindergarten as they become partners in education. Also children registered for this FREE club will receive a Countdown Kids t-shirt, invitations to community readiness events throughout the summer and one free visit to the Museum anytime with one adult. Children can wear their Countdown Kids shirt to receive FREE admission to the Countdown to Kindergarten kickoff at the Museum on April 16, FREE admission to the Chattanooga Zoo from April 17 – August 1 and FREE admission to the Lookouts home game on April 24. This home game will include Club registrations on the Lookouts Plaza which will give children free admission to the game that day.

The Kick-off Celebration – April 16, Noon to 4 p.m. 
Children enrolled in the club and wearing their shirt will also receive free admission to the Countdown to Kindergarten Kick-off Celebration on April 16 at Creative Discovery Museum.This fun-filled event will allow children to develop skills needed to start big school through a variety of hands-on activities in a fun environment.

Other scheduled activities include: simulated school experiences, fun readiness activities, health screenings for children and Kids on the Block puppet shows. At 3:00 there will be a BIG BLAST off countdown party complete with balloons, cake and ice cream. Children not previously enrolled in the club can sign-up for free at the event to receive free admission.

“Kindergarten officially marks the beginning of a child's formal education, and we want all children to be ready to learn and succeed in school,” said Emily Lemons, Early Childhood Manager at Creative Discovery Museum. “This event will be the official kickoff celebration to create momentum for school readiness throughout the spring and summer.”

Creative Discovery Museum is leading this effort in collaboration with many partners in the Chattanooga area including: Hamilton County Department of Education, Chattanooga Public Library, United Way's Project Ready for School, First Things First, Chattanooga Child Care Resource and Referral, Chattanooga Head Start, Siskin Children’s Institute, Read 20, Youth and Family Development, Chattanooga Area Association of Education of Young Children, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), and Chattanooga State Community College, the Chattanooga Zoo and the Chattanooga Lookouts.

For more information on Countdown to Kindergarten and how to participate, please visit www.cdmfun.org.

About Creative Discovery Museum 
Creative Discovery Museum is recognized as one of the top children’s museums in the nation. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to educational enrichment for children ages 4 months to 12 through interactive, hands-on experiences that foster creative and critical thinking.

Creative Discovery Museum focuses on a broad range of areas encompassed by Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Technology and the Sciences. In addition to its exhibits, Creative Discovery Museum provides local residents and visitors with special events, educational programming, teacher resources for the classroom, field trips, after school programming, early childhood education classes, artist residencies, camps, art lessons, science demonstrations, and a branch of the local library. Creative Discovery Museum is a funded agency of ArtsBuild and also receives funding support from Tennessee Arts Commission and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  For more information, visit cdmfun.org, and stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About United Way of Greater Chattanooga 
United Way builds a stronger and healthier community by focusing our powerful network of partners on the building blocks of a strong community:  EducationStability and Support.  We mobilize people and organizations with the passion, expertise and resources essential to create measurable social change in our communities. Working together through partnerships, we accomplish more than anyone can do alone. 

United Way serves 16 counties in Tennessee, North Georgia and Northeast Alabama. Visit www.UnitedWayCHA.org and follow us at UnitedWayCHA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee 
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s mission is to provide peace of mind through better health. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on serving more than 3.3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at bcbst.com.


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Sold Out Event Honors Volunteers
April 14th, 2016 10:07 AM

It was a standing room only crowd at the Volunteer Center's annual Volunteer United Celebration to honor local volunteer “Champions” who become engaged in our community by working to solve local problems one day and one person at a time. The Bessie Smith hall was filled to capacity and extra tables and seats had to be brought in to accomdate everyone. More than 260 people were in attendance, a record high for this celebration.

In this region during 2015, United Way’s Volunteer Center recruited, engaged or managed approximately 12,000 volunteers area-wide for various projects and organizations; brought in more than 200,000 volunteer hours to the region at a value of more than $4.6* million in human capital; coordinated hundreds of corporate service and day of caring projects; and helped almost 200 area nonprofits recruit volunteers for their activities.

Accompanied by DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) and the Corporate Volunteer Council (an advisory committee to the United Way), the Volunteer Center celebrated our volunteer champions for accomplishing important work – such as mentoring students, helping patients, providing fresh produce for those in need, and helping veterans and people with disabilities  – through service.

Hannah Robison, the reigning Miss Tennessee, was this year’s keynote speaker. She was crowned Miss Tennessee on June 20, 2015, and as the current crown holder, she serves as Governor Haslam’s Official Spokesperson for Character Education and travels over 80,000 miles speaking to 50,000 schoolchildren about the Character Education Trait: Responsibility. Throughout her travels, Hannah also serves as Tennessee’s Goodwill Ambassador for the five Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals across the state, including T.C. Thompson’s here in Chattanooga. She also holds positions as an Arthritis Foundation Ambassador and as Volunteer Tennessee’s Honorary Board Chair. Her address “Why I Volunteer,” touched on her many special volunteer projects over the past year.     

It was in her position as the honorary chair of Volunteer Tennessee’s Board of Directors that she spoke to the audience about the amazing impact Volunteerism has had on her life. Jed Mescon - newly appointed Vice President of Marketing and Development at Erlanger Hospital - served as Master of Ceremonies

Award Winners

One corporation and six individuals were recognized for volunteering to meet needs in their communities. They were:

  • Shaw Industries for the Corporate Volunteer of the Year;
  • Amanda Senentz for the Youth Programs & Education Volunteer of the Year;
  • Don & Beverly Morris for the Family Volunteers of the Year;
  • Holly Dieken for the Health & Environmental Volunteers of the Year;
  • Chloe Ward for the Young Volunteer of the Year;
  • Chelsea Stephens for the Innovation Volunteer of the Year; and
  • Katheryn Thompson for the Community Volunteer of the Year. 

Almost 60 individuals were nominated for awards this year, another all-time record for this event.

The Volunteer United Celebration was made possible thanks to its presenting sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, along with sponsors Warren & Griffin P.C. and Chattanooga Times Free Press.

United Way's Volunteer Center, DOVIA and the Corporate Volunteer Council are also holding a special volunteers’ night out at the Lookouts on April 14 as another way of thanking their hard-working volunteers.

The Volunteer Center is a vital United Way program that locates volunteer opportunities and recruits people to contribute their time to create real impact and lasting change in their communities.  One way it accomplishes that is through iHelpChattanooga.org, a handy web site that allows volunteers and agencies to meet community needs by connecting people looking for opportunities to organizations that need volunteers. 

United Way's Volunteer Center promotes volunteerism throughout the region by helping organizations recruit volunteers and create the best opportunities for youth, busy working adults and seniors; connecting individuals, groups and corporations to customized volunteer opportunities that fit their interests; and publicly recognizing volunteer impact in our community.

Call Anna Baker, Volunteer Center Associate Director, at 423-752-0316 for more information on how to become involved in the community, or visit the web site at www.iHelpChattanooga.org.

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